Jeff performed a cover of Tom Pettyâ€™s â€œWildflowersâ€ for Danielleâ€™s walk down the aisle in the Grandview ballroom. The coupleâ€™s unusual selection of readings included the words of my favorite poet, Pablo Neruda.
Danielle was gorgeous in her strapless beaded gown, hair swept up into an elegant bun. The bridemaids wore taupe evening gowns with chocolate brown sashes, with the exception of the Maid of Honor who wore chocolate brown with a taupe sash to set her apart. Delicate cream and blush hydrangeas adorned each table.
Danielle and Kevin used their introduction music as a tribute to their favorite 80â€™s tunes: â€œThe Final Countdownâ€ as the bridal party paraded in and â€œDonâ€™t Stop Believinâ€™â€ for themselves. After a romantic first dance to â€œThese Arms of Mineâ€ by Otis Redding, the two of them alone on the dance floor staring into each otherâ€™s eyes, they invited everyone to the dance floor for Princeâ€™s â€œLetâ€™s Go Crazy.â€
It certainly set the tone for the night!
Kevinâ€™s younger brothersâ€”one of whom had been roasted by Kevin at his own weddingâ€”prepared a special toast. They spoke and sang a version of â€œReal Men of Geniusâ€ of the Budweiser radio ads for, â€œMr. Older Wiser Fun Brother Doctor Dude,â€ about his propensity for alphabetizing and his good fortune in meeting the â€œhot pathologistâ€™s assistantâ€ who would become their â€œTiny Trinket Collecting Competitive Sister Dude.â€ Hysterical!
We watch for those opportunities to sneak in songs that are special to the couple that might go unnoticed by family and friends. Danielle had specifically requested that we tap them on the shoulder at some point and have the two of them meet on the dance floor for â€œCrimson and Clover.â€ But their unplanned rendezvous was even better; â€œBaby Itâ€™s Cold Outsideâ€ came on, and the two of them looked at each other and walked to the dance floor to share a few moments during which Kevin stroked Danielleâ€™s arm and smiled before heading to their seats for dinner.
Kevinâ€™s crazy brothers stole the dance floor a few times, gyrating to â€œLivinâ€™ On a Prayerâ€ in a dance off with Danielleâ€™s father. Even with very different families (Danielleâ€™s was Italian and much of Kevinâ€™s haled from Minnesota) there were a lot of similarities. We played Italian waltzes and tangos, and even a polka.
The night ended on a most decadent note with the Grandviewâ€™s Italian Dessert Extravaganza. A chocolate fountain, fruit tarts, pastries, cannolis and a gourmet coffee table left the guests speechless (and full!)
Photos by Michael Polito